Dinesh D’Souza is at it again

His new movie is called “Death of a Nation“. It looks insane, with his usual ahistorical befuddling of the modern Democratic party with the racists of 60 years ago (sorry, guy, that wing of the party stampeded over to the Republicans when Democrats started advocating for civil rights), and a strange twisty story about Abraham Lincoln vs. the Nazis, at least if you go by the trailer.

Sorry again, guy. The Nazis favor Donald Trump, who is nothing like Abraham Lincoln. Even if the movie tries to pretend they’re identical.

Oops, there goes my lunch.


  1. thelastholdout says

    I’ve seen conservatives giddily posting about this in political groups on Facebook, and it angers me because it is obviously advancing the lie that the Republican and Democratic party are the exact same as they were during the Civil War.

    To accept this as fact requires a conservative to literally ignore everything about their party’s current platform, as well as the fact that their ancestors by and large wouldn’t be caught dead voting for the original Republican party.

    It all takes such a staggering display of intellectual dishonesty and mental gymnastics that I can hardly comprehend anyone going through it without their head literally imploding.

    It’s all part of a nasty campaign where Republicans are trying to browbeat POC into voting Republican by telling them that they’re “still on the plantation” and claiming that the Republican party has their back-all while screaming at football players who kneel and wholeheartedly supporting Trump’s immigration policy.

    It’s fucking sickening to watch.

  2. lb says

    OMG, I think I just vomited in my mouth at the image of Abraham Lincoln and tRump. Do these people have no shame?

  3. nomdeplume says

    Um, no, they have absolutely no shame, just an utter ruthlessness in their quest for absolute and continuous power.

  4. nomadiq says

    It seems the way to whip up the republican base is to accuse your opposition of being racist three generations ago while pretending your party didn’t absorb all those racists over the past three generations while also just being fucking racist and so remarkably stupid, self-hating and dull that you didn’t even notice. Oh, and being a convicted felon.

  5. chrislawson says


    I wish the Republicans were trying to convince minorities to vote for them. It might have a salutary effect on their policies and reverse their blatant voter suppression tactics. I’m much more persuaded that they’re manically shovelling fuel into the bullshit engine to convince their white heartland that a vote for Trump isn’t a vote for racism because of something Lincoln did seven score and fifteen years ago.

  6. blf says

    I’m much more persuaded that [teh thugs ara] manically shovelling fuel into the bullshit engine to convince their white heartland

    Lee Atwater, a member of the Reagan administration, said in 1981 (edits in original in {curly braces}): You start out in 1954 by saying, “[N-word], [n-word], [n-word]”. By 1968 you can’t say “[n-word]” — that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states’ rights and all that stuff. You’re getting so abstract now {that} you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is {that} blacks get hurt worse than whites. And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I’m not saying that. But I’m saying that if it is getting that abstract, and that coded, that we are doing away with the racial problem one way or the other. You follow me — because obviously sitting around saying, “We want to cut this”, is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “[N-word], [n-word]”.

  7. blf says

    me@9: teh thugs ara → teh thugs are
    (yes, “teh” is intentional)
    thugs = republicans (from “rethugican”)

    Apologies to chrislawson for borking my edit to his statement.

  8. What a Maroon, living up to the 'nym says

    Even if you knew nothing about D’Souza, or Trump, just the title itself is such a dogwhistle to the point where I don’t even think it qualifies as a dogwhistle. I mean, the point of dogwhistles is that only dogs hear them, but this pretty much communicates to anyone who’s been paying attention.

  9. speed0spank says

    Ugh! I love watching documentaries and seeing this asshole’s terrible films show up among them is so frustrating. They should be in with fictional films…or not on reputable sites at all for that matter.

    I just think of people who aren’t politically engaged at all watching one of them and becoming some raving Alex Jones fan or something.

  10. indianajones says

    @Sean I would do my best to research, develop and manufacture Vogon style broadcast technology for that!

  11. Saad says

    lotharloo, #16

    The contortions his face is going through as she says she’s about to read his tweet are hilarious.

    Thanks, that totally made my day.

  12. KG says

    Wait a minute, Abe Lincoln vs. Nazis? Make that movie instead. I’d watch the hell out of that. – Sean D. Daily@14

    That would be ridiculous: Lincoln was far too busy hunting vampires to get in Obama’s time machine and go Nazi-hunting!

  13. ck, the Irate Lump says

    I’m sure the movie’s name similarity to KKK propaganda film “Birth of a Nation” was entirely coincidental.

  14. Walter Solomon says

    OTOH, Lincoln did send a brigade to fight Nazis in Spain during the Civil War!

    And they were all targeted by J. Edgar Hoover for their trouble. Being “prematurely anti-fascist” was actually a bad thing in the US at one point.

  15. blf says

    And [the Abraham Lincoln Brigade volunteers] were all targeted by J Edgar Hoover for their trouble.

    Not just by Hoover’s FBI, but also by the infamous HUAC. From memory, one the first, possibly the first, HUAC “investigation” was of the Brigade — in the late-1930s, whilst the Spanish Civil War was still being fought. The harassment continued into the McCarthy era (I’m not clear when, or even if, it ever did stop), with raids on the Veterans group, and attempts to get that group to register as a “communist” organisation. The volunteers were blacklisted by the military during WW ][, so very few of the ones who joined actually served in combat roles.

    This paranoia was because the Spanish Republicans included communists, and hence, in the warped reds-under-the-bed “thinking” of the time, the volunteers must all be supposed of communism, subversion, boogeymonsters, and independent thought. (Some of them genuinely were communists or supporters.)

    (Most of the above is from memory, so I’ve very possibly borked some of the details.)

  16. emergence says

    Beyond being slimy and dishonest, what D’souza is doing is just stupid. The whole “Democrats are racists” line should be dead at this point. The current Republican president and several other prominent Republicans are beloved by actual self-proclaimed white supremacists. Republicans do everything they can to whitewash the Confederacy. The white Southerners who make up a good chunk of the Republican party base hate Lincoln and raised a stink about a small, humble statue of him being placed in a southern town. In many states, loud and proud racists are running as Republicans. Those religious schools so beloved by Republicans portray the civil rights movement in a negative light. D’souza himself saw fit to bash Rosa Parks and call her an “overrated Democrat”.

    What Republicans call the “Democratic plantation” is just the Democratic party making at least some effort to listen to black communities’ concerns and increase the representation of black people in politics.

    Right now, black communities are getting more involved in the Democratic party, including a huge number of black women running for office as Democrats. These aren’t passive followers, they’re actively trying to steer the party towards addressing issues that are important to black Americans.

    When you look at the Republicans, their treatment of black Americans goes as follows;
    – refuse to acknowledge that any of the issues that black communities care about are legitimate.
    – insult the intelligence and integrity of black people by suggesting that they’re “welfare queens” who are being controlled by white Democrats.
    – find token black people who agree with them to convince themselves that they’re not racist.

    The title of D’Souza’s film fits a lot better as a criticism of what he, and Trump, and the rest of the Republican party are doing to the country. The president is refusing to acknowledge that anyone has oversight over him. Attacks on the press have become normalized. Republicans are ignoring ways that a hostile foreign power is trying to influence our elections. The government is rounding undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers up, separating them from their children, and keeping them in internment facilities. Open racists are popping out of the woodwork and trying to gain political office. Some Republicans have taken as long as they possibly can to concede when they lose elections. The Republicans are slowly but surely causing the US to drift towards fascism and autocracy.

  17. emergence says

    I know what I wrote was really long, but as an addendum I’d like to point somethjng out. Republicans are constantly whining about how progressives are always bringing up the past, and yet D’Souza is pointing to the pre-southern strategy Democrats to prove that modern Democrats are racists.

  18. Robert Serrano says

    Well, so far Lincoln’s fought both Vampires and Zombies, so he could probably make some time to punch some Nazis. And then the subsequent sequels ending with the inevitable Lincoln vs Nazi Vampire Shark Zombies in a Tornado.